By Madeleine L'Engle. Read by Hope Davis.
2012. 6hr. Listening Library, CD, $25 (9780307916594). Gr. 4-8.
This compelling new production helps commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of L'Engle's thrilling and moving 1963 Newbery Medal winner about adolescent Meg Murry, who travels through time and space to find her missing scientist father. Davis deftly narrates this allegorical fantasy-adventure, capturing the excitement of beloved Meg's transformation from awkward social misfit to danger-defying heroine. With urgency in her voice, Davis conveys Meg's multifaceted personality, especially her impatient stubbornness. She also sounds effectively boyish as Meg's jock pal Calvin; delightfully creaky as otherworldly Mrs. Whatsit; and quivery as lovable, multilingual-quote-spewing Mrs. Who. And she does wonders with Meg's five-year-old telepathic brother, giving him a creepy robotic voice after he falls under the Spell of the evil IT. An introduction read by the late author begins this first-rate presentation. Libraries owning the 1994 audio (read by L'Engle) will want to add this flesh version to the collection.--Brian Wilson